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Apple Valley teen hiking slips and falls; hoisted to safety

BIG BEAR, Calif. (VVNG.com) A 17-year-old male from Apple Valley injured himself while hiking was hoist rescued to safety, officials said.

It happened when the teen was hiking at Castle Rock in Big Bear at about 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 11.

Officials said the hiker slid off a large rock and onto a cliff where he was stuck and unable to get to safety.

The crew of 40King 1 sheriff’s helicopter responded and located the hiker using GPS coordinates through a friend’s cell phone.

“The crew determined that a night vision hoist rescue was needed to get the hiker off the steep cliff,” officials said.

Once on the ground, the teen was placed into a rescue harness and hoisted up to the helicopter. He was treated by San Bernardino County Fire personnel for complaints of pain and released to his guardian.

Hikers are encouraged to always be prepared when hiking in the mountains, higher altitudes or the high desert. No matter the weather, anticipate the unexpected and pack the appropriate clothes for snow, cold and rain.

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